Hardy Pembrokeshire folk enjoy Boxing Day and New Year’s Day Swims

Published on : Monday, December 2, 2013

folk enjoy Boxing DayWhatever the weather, every winter the hardy folk in Pembrokeshire, South West Wales turn out in their hundreds for festive outdoor swims in the freezing coastal waters all in the name of charity.


Boxing Day Swim – Tenby

Celebrating its 43rd anniversary this year the Tenby Boxing Day Swim will be taking place on the popular Pembrokeshire’s resort’s North Beach. Now a local festive tradition attracting thousands of spectators and around 600 crazy but brave bathers, many in fancy dress, this year’s theme is ‘pantomime’.  High tide on Boxing Day morning coincides with the 11.30am start of the swim, which is organised by Tenby Sea Swimming Association (TSSA). As the swim goes from strength to strength each year, the event grows with canoes, raft racing and much more before the great immersion. Swimmers can collect for their own charities and good causes, or for those nominated by TSSA. There’s also a huge beach bonfire around which the shivering swimmers are presented with their commemorative medals. For more information visit www.tenbyboxingdayswim.co.uk. This year’s swim is sponsored by self-catering specialist agency FBM Holidays and solicitors Lewis, Lewis and Co.


30th New Year’s Day Swim – Saundersfoot

Taking a dip in the icy waters off Saundersfoot, on Pembrokeshire’s south coast has been an annual New Year’s Day tradition since 1984.  Last year the charity event attracted a record 1,700 hardy swimmers plus thousands of spectators to cheer them on; a similar number is expected to celebrate the arrival of 2014 on this 30th anniversary swim. Organised by Saundersfoot Festivities, the swim starts at 12.30pm and fancy dress is encouraged.


2014 swim sponsors include Powells Cottage Holidays, N.D. Toy & Partners Independent Financial Advisors & Mortgage Brokers, Sunnyvale Holiday Park, The Signbox, Princes Gate Spring Water, Coors Molson, Folly Farm, Silcox Coaches, Sub-Urban Sports Shop, Saundersfoot Pleasure Boats, Sue’s Pantry, Shoreline, Wogan Guest House, Tenby Glass and Neil Finlay Cars.

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